Better than coffee? Yerba mate is an herbal tea that keeps your mind strong AND helps you lose weight

Better than coffee? Yerba mate is an herbal tea that keeps your mind strong AND helps you lose weight

( Natural News ) These days, a lot of people swear by the health benefits of yerba mate: The South American herb that’s giving coffee a run for its money, thanks to its ability to stimulate the mind without the nasty crashing and jittery effects. The findings of a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food adds another benefit to the beverage known as the “Drink of God” – researchers have found that long-term supplementation of yerba mate could reduce adiposity , that is, the condition of being overweight or obese, as well as improve obesity-related insulin resistance. Yerba mate and the obesity problem Obesity – the state where the body has built up excessive amounts of fat – is a dangerous condition that has swept across the world. In the U.S. alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 40 percent of all adults in the country are either overweight or obese. If left untreated, this can result in complications which can affect major organs such as the liver and the heart. However, one of the more serious complications of obesity is insulin resistance (IR), a condition that occurs when the body does not properly respond to the hormone insulin . Insulin regulates the conversion of blood sugar (glucose) into energy that cells use to function. To note, obesity and IR are closely associated, with the latter being a key factor in the onset of Type 2 diabetes over time. Researchers indicated that a person’s diet was one of the driving factors for obesity. “Most notably, a high-fat diet (HFD) comprises one of the main environmental factors that contribute to obesity and related metabolic disturbances,” they wrote in the study . Mother Nature’s micronutrient secret : Organic Broccoli Sprout Capsules now available, delivering 280mg […]

Chili peppers found to be a powerful natural cure for depression

Chili peppers found to be a powerful natural cure for depression

( Natural News ) Here’s a good reason to add some spice into your life: Chili peppers were found to be effective in managing symptoms of depression. In a study published in the European Journal of Medicinal Plants , chili pepper extracts were found to exhibit anti-depressive effects . Researchers from Kaduna State University in Nigeria aimed to determine whether methanol fruit extract of chili pepper possesses antidepressant potential. For the study, they conducted three tests in mice: Force Swim Test (FST), Tail Suspension Test (TST), and Open Field Test (OFT). In the FST and TST, the researchers randomly divided 30 mice into five groups: one group received saline, another group received antidepressant drug imipramine, and the three remaining groups were treated with 500 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg), 1000 mg/kg, and 2000 mg/kg of methanol extract of fruits of chili pepper, respectively. In the OFT, they divided 25 mice into five groups: one group received normal saline, another group receive diazepam, and the other three groups received methanol fruit extract of chili pepper at different doses (500 mg/kg, 100 mg/kg, and 2000 mg/kg). The FST and TST showed that the chili pepper extracts substantially cut the immobility time of the groups of mice that received the extracts, in comparison to the group that received saline. The effect was dose-dependent as the 2000 mg/kg of chili pepper extract caused the highest reduction. On the other hand, results of the OFT suggested that the chili pepper extracts did not cause any stimulating effects. The researchers explained that the antidepressant activity of chili pepper extracts may be due to the presence of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant flavonoids and triterpene in the plant. Mother Nature’s micronutrient secret : Organic Broccoli Sprout Capsules now available, delivering 280mg of high-density nutrition, including the extraordinary "sulforaphane" and […]

You really should be drinking more organic tea: They have more nutrients than conventional ones

You really should be drinking more organic tea: They have more nutrients than conventional ones

( Natural News ) Most people know that drinking tea is good for them — just one cup a day already has a lot of benefits. However, to make the most of your daily cuppa, research suggests going for the organic kind , which has more antioxidants than the regular tea. The study, which appeared in the journal Biological Agriculture & Horticulture , linked these antioxidants to a bevy of health benefits, including a lower risk of disease and improved overall health. The study was a collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture in China and Montana State University . The team, in particular, compared the biological components between organically and conventionally grown tea. The tea leaves were sourced from six farms in China that grew tea using both methods. The team found that organic tea contained more polyphenols than conventional tea. A compound that the team found to be more abundant in organic tea is EGCG, which stands for epigallocatechin gallate. Multiple studies have demonstrated the ability of EGCG to treat various diseases , making it one of the most potent antioxidants in green tea. The team also pointed out that organic tea had lower levels of free amino acids. This includes theanine, an amino acid that is able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Once it crosses the barrier, theanine exhibits its anti-anxiety effects by increasing dopamine production, as well as neurotransmitter activity. Studies have also shown that theanine and caffeine, which are both found in tea, can combine to provide a synergistic benefit and improve brain function . This deficit in amino acids, according to the authors, means that the soil used to grow organic tea did not have enough nitrogen. According to a study in Plant Physiology , nitrogen is essential for transporting amino acids from the […]

Ridding clutter from your life can make you more focused and productive

Ridding clutter from your life can make you more focused and productive

( Natural News ) Clutter can deprive you of your focus and reduce your productivity. The reverse is also true. According to Be Brain Fit , decreasing the amount of clutter around you reduces your stress levels. Material possessions have come to represent hopes and dreams. Throwing something away makes the person feel guilty about abandoning it. Furthermore, the fear of regretting the loss in the future stops many people from disposing of items. This leads to the build-up of clutter. One out of every three people are so afraid of the clutter in their home that they refuse to spend time there. But if they put in the effort to clear up the mess, they could save precious hours that would otherwise be wasted on looking for something lost in the clutter. (Related: The many ways stress makes you sick .) Having more of everything also includes stress A University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) study showed that physical clutter can disrupt concentration and cloud one’s judgement. It greatly affects the mood and self-esteem of a person. It is especially stressful for women. Their cortisol levels would sharply rise whenever they had to talk about the clutter at their home. The more items found in their homes, the greater the amount of stress they experienced. The UCLA study suggests that clutter floods your senses with too much information. It tires out your brain and distracts you from the thing you are supposed to be doing. The human brain naturally prefers organization over clutter. It doesn’t have to work as hard in an uncluttered space. When the brain feels relaxed, it is better able to concentrate. The rest of the body benefits from this. 100% organic essential oil sets now available for your home and personal care, including Rosemary, […]

Anxious? Consuming more wild cabbage can improve symptoms, according to a study

Anxious? Consuming more wild cabbage can improve symptoms, according to a study

( Natural News ) More than one-eighth of the world’s population suffer from anxiety, a mental health problem characterized by feelings of fear and uncertainty. Most of the time, the reasons for these feelings are either imagined or heightened by the brain. If these persist, anxiety disorders can negatively affect a person’s quality of life. Fortunately, there are many natural remedies for this condition. One of the plants that have shown great potential as a treatment for anxiety is the wild cabbage ( Brassica oleracea ). The anti-anxiety activity of this plant was first observed in mice by a group of Indian researchers. Although there are conventional medications for anxiety, such as benzodiazepines and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), these can cause further harm to individuals taking them. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights International identified hallucinations, delusions, confusion, violence, depression, and suicidal thoughts as some of the side effects of anti-anxiety medications. Moreover, it is also very difficult to stop using these medications. Because of these side effects, more and more people are being encouraged to switch to medicinal plants that are known to be safer. Wild cabbage is the source of the famous cruciferous vegetables , which include broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflowers. These vegetables are known for their high nutritional content and their many health benefits. One of the biological activities that are sought after from wild cabbage is its ability to neutralize free radicals, which can be attributed to the presence of phytochemicals like phenolic compounds. This antioxidant activity is important for treating diseases associated with free radical-induced oxidative stress, such as depression, nervous system impairment, and anxiety. 100% organic essential oil sets now available for your home and personal care, including Rosemary, Oregano, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Clary Sage and more, all 100% organic […]

Nootropics Market Analysis – What Factors will drive the Market in Upcoming Years

According to the latest report published by Credence Research, Inc. “ Nootropics Market – Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2016-2024,” the global nootropics market was valued at USD 1,346.5 Mn in 2015, and is expected to reach USD 6,059.4 Mn by 2024, expanding at a CAGR of 17.9% from 2016 to 2024. Browse full report: https://www.credenceresearch.com/report/nootropics-market This report gives a comprehensive survey of the Nootropics market in the US and its state as of 2018. It gives a complete analysis of the industry, its dynamics, and structure. The purpose of this research study titled ‘Nootropics Market – Growth, Future Prospects, and Competitive Analysis, 2016 – 2024’ is to provide investors, developers, company executives and industry participants with in-depth analysis to allow them to take strategic initiatives and decisions related to the prospects in the global nootropics products market. This report presents and analyzes the major trends prevalent in the global nootropics market and the market size and forecast. Based on application types: this report studies the global nootropics market into memory enhancement, mood and depression, attention and focus, longevity and anti-aging, sleep, recovery and dream enhancement, and anxiety applications. Market size and forecast for each mentioned segment for the period 2014-2024 is presented in the report along with respective CAGRs for the forecast duration 2016-2024. The global nootropics market is studied for the following applications: Memory Enhancement Mood and Depression Attention and Focus Longevity and Anti-aging Sleep, Recovery and Dream Enhancement Anxiety Get FREE Sample in PDF: https://www.credenceresearch.com/sample-request/58257 Market Insights Nootropics, also known as cognitive enhancers are drugs and natural extracts that improve cognitive functions such as memory, creativity, motivation in healthy individuals. Nootropics have been available in the market for several decades and were made of ingredients such as multivitamins and caffeine – substances that the FDA […]

Huperzine-A – A Powerful Natural Supplement for Improving Memory

Huperzine-A – A Powerful Natural Supplement for Improving Memory

Huperzine-A is a natural nootropic ingredient sourced from Chinese club moss (Huperzia serrata). Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have been using extracts of the plant for several centuries, but scientists didn’t manage to isolate the active component (Huperzine-A) until the 1980s. Huperzine A is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. That’s a fancy way of saying it prevents an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase (AChE) from breaking down an important neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. By shielding it from the enzyme is this way, Huperzine-A causes an elevation in acetylcholine and that’s where the magic lies. Acetylcholine is often referred to as “the learning neurotransmitter” and many scholars use Huperzine-A to boost their acetylcholine levels and attain improved cognitive abilities. Numerous studies suggest Huperzine-A is a nootropic that’s tolerated well and it shows promise as a treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease as well. Huperzine-A Benefits at a Glance Treats/may help prevent age-related cognitive decline Boosts cognition Improves learning capabilities Boosts short and long-term memory Improves mental energy Boosts brain cell longevity Protects the brain cells Improves neurotransmitter activity Boosts concentration and mental focus A Closer Look at How Huperzine-A Works Improving acetylcholine transmission in the brain not only enhances the memory, it boosts attention as well. Both these things are important to the learning process, so Huperzine-A can be a valuable ally for students who are busy cramming for an exam, or simply want to make the most of their time in class and learn as much as possible in a short space of time. When acetylcholine levels are elevated it also encourages greater neuroplasticity. This is often seen as a way of “rewiring” the brain. Neuroplasticity is a term used to describe the brain’s ability to reorganize itself physically and functionally in response to environment, behaviour, emotions, and thinking. A brain that has good neuroplasticity is […]

How Can Nootropics Help You Lose Body Fat?

How Can Nootropics Help You Lose Body Fat?

When we make the commitment to lose weight, the most successful way to succeed is simply to eat less calories than you burn during any given day. There are subtleties to a calorie controlled diet, however, especially if you are an active person who exercises a lot. The nutritional requirements and macro balances can be different to someone who is merely trying to drop a few pounds through calorie count alone. Furthermore, general health is of paramount importance because a person can lose weight but still eat garbage; calorie counting is just math to some people, after all. So really, losing fat is quite simple, yet not without its complexity at the same time. One thing remains a constant, however: your mindset. If it buckles, then so will your dreams of that ideal physique. In fact, whether you are trying to build muscle, burn fat, or just stick to something that requires a level of effort greater than your usual rhythm, your will to succeed is critical. Motivation, will power, focus, drive…call it whatever you want, but it’s the ticket to a win. Being stress-free – happy even – will help. Oh, and then there’s feeling full of beans at work and in your spare time, even though you are monitoring calories and working out regularly. For these reasons, nootropic ingredients are finding themselves in many supplements, be they fat burners, appetite suppressants, pre-workouts or muscle builders. What Is A Nootropic Ingredient? Ask the person who originally coined the term ‘nootropic’ and he – Corneliu Giurgea – would outline very specific parameters by which a substance could be defined as such. They would look something like the following: it should enhance learning and memory it should help protect the brain’s memories and learned behaviour from disruptive conditions (e.g. low […]

Music and your brain: Scientists seek to understand how your memory of music affects your brain

Music and your brain: Scientists seek to understand how your memory of music affects your brain

A team of researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL) discovered how the memory of music affects the brain . The EFPL team carried out the study through the use of EFPL’s Defitech Foundation Chair in Human-Machine Interface (CNBI) to look at how the brain works when imaginary music is played in the head. In cooperation with a team of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley , the EFPL team analyzed the brain activities of an epileptic patient who was also an experienced pianist to examine the brain activity produced when a song is actually playing and when a song is being played mentally. According to Stéphanie Martin, lead author of the study and a doctoral student with the CNBI, they used the method known as electrocorticography, which involves inserting electrodes into the participant’s brain. This technique is also traditionally used to treat people with epilepsy who cannot take medication. Moreover, the electrodes can calculate brain activity with a very high spatial and temporal resolution which is necessary as nerve cells respond quickly. However, Martin said the “recording technique is invasive, and the technology needs to be more advanced for us to be able to measure brain activity with greater accuracy.” For the first task, the researchers asked the participant to play a piece of music on an electric piano with the sound turned on. At the same time, they recorded the participant’s brain activity and the music being played. For the second task, they asked the participant to play the same musical piece, but with the sound of the piano turned off. The brain activity of the participant and the music were also recorded. In the second task, the music was from the patient’s memory and the notes could not be heard. Support our mission […]

Berries are some of the best anti-cancer foods you’ll ever find

Berries are some of the best anti-cancer foods you’ll ever find

( Natural News ) If you’re constantly on the lookout for ways to reduce your cancer risk, welcome to the club. With so many different types of cancer to worry about and so few safe and effective treatments, prevention really is better than cure. Most natural foods possess anti-cancer benefits to some degree, but if you want to get the most benefits, you should head straight for the berry aisle at your grocery store or farmer’s market. Your first clue that berries possess remarkable properties is their color. Many fruits that are deep purple, red and blue get their shade from anthocyanins. These powerful antioxidants help fight free radicals and curb the oxidative stress and inflammation at the heart of many types of cancers as well as degenerative diseases. While they boast a lot of useful benefits, like preventing the buildup of plaque in arterial walls that can lead to heart disease, anthocyanins’ crowning achievement is their ability to prompt various types of cancer cells to kill themselves. They also have the power to interfere with tumors’ abilities to resist chemotherapy, helping make this often-ineffective treatment that much more useful. It’s no surprise, then, that acai berries, with their incredible antioxidant content, have been shown in studies to inhibit cancer. They can be especially useful when fighting colon cancer; a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that acai could suppress the growth and reproduction of colon cancer cells in humans by a remarkable 90 percent. That doesn’t mean you should seek acai at the expense of other berries, however. Bilberries might not be as glamorous as other superfoods, but they are still worthwhile, especially in those who have breast or intestinal cancer cells as studies have shown they can cause cell death in these cancers. […]